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Art Matters - Sedona Arts Center Newsletter
Issue No. 23–July 2014

In This Issue
A Desk in the Barn

Gallery News

School News
Member's Corner
Poet's Corner


July 3 Members’ Summer Co-op opens

July 4 Poet’s Corner, opening receptions in the galleries

July 4–6 Big Gay Art Show returns for the second year SEG

July 23 Heard Museum Tour

July 26 National Day of the Cowboy

August 1–10 Hummingbirds As Art exhibit in the SEG


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Pam Frazier, Executive Director

Twice each year—in July and February—the Arts Center accepts submissions from member artists who would like to be represented in our Fine Art Gallery. If you fit this description, you have until July 31 to submit to this juried process. Refer to the prospectus for submission guidelines or stop by the gallery or office to pick up one. Be sure your membership is current or join now to be eligible. We hope to see a variety of mediums from artists working in both 2-dimension and 3-dimension. Large-scale outdoor sculptures can also be accommodated.

The Sedona Arts Center’s Fine Art Gallery represents up to 100 member artists at any given time. This gallery is one of the Center's "business units" currently responsible for providing one-third of our operating revenue. Art sales support both the artists and SAC’s many educational programs. It is as important to us as it is to participating artists that the artwork sold in the gallery is of the highest quality and marketability. Therefore, submissions are reviewed and decisions made by a jury of professional artists not associated with SAC.

In addition to this "top of the pyramid" opportunity, we offer many more occasions for members to show and sell their work:

  • Open Members’ Exhibition September 5–21; entry deadline August 25
    Click here for the Open Members' prospectus
  • Small Works Exhibition January 2–February 3, 2015; entry deadline December 19, 2014 (Prospectus available online soon)
  • 35th Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition March 6–31, 2015; entry deadline January 9, 2015 Click here for the 35th Annual Juried Members' prospectus
  • Co-ops in Summer and Winter—the 2014 Summer Co-op opens July 3!
  • Four to six "pop-up" opportunities throughout the year, including the "Hummingbirds As Art" exhibit that opens in the Special Exhibition Gallery on August 1! These are usually exhibits with a targeted subject and short duration, but they sure add to the buzz!

Based on survey responses, we know that approximately 60% of our members consider themselves “artists or art students,” so we continue to create opportunities for them to show their work and for the remaining 40% of us to buy it! 

The Business of Art

As an educational organization, we are always striving to assist our member artists in achieving their goals. With this in mind we have developed the Business of Art Series which is less about making art and more about making a business with your art. Last month we presented two seminars in this series: The Jury Process and A Professional Portfolio, both led by Gallery Director Shirley Eichten Albrecht. For the Jury Process we asked sculptor Kim Kori and watercolor artist Norma Gibson to participate and give their views of what they look for as a juror and how they make their judgments. Assistant Gallery Directors Cyndi Thau and Sharon Manzke rounded out the panel for the evening.  We had good attendance and a sharing of ideas and concerns. It is our hope that these seminars will help artists with their submissions this month. 

Vince Fazio, Director School of the Arts

Did you know about our entry level series of classes? The “crash courses” take place over four three-hour sessions and all materials are provided. All you need to bring is yourself and appropriate clothing! These courses are designed to give you exposure to a lot of techniques in a short period of time. From “painterly painting” with Gretchen Lopez to the fine art of “glazing in oils” with Cyndi Thau you have a spectrum of introductory painting without the commitment of purchasing expensive materials. Augment your abilities with the “Drawing Crash Course” and now you are a well-rounded beginner and can decide where you want to go from there! The newest addition to the series is the ceramics crash course—a complete introduction to the Ceramics Department with an exploration of hand building using slab, forms, extrusion of clay and a wheel work demonstration. Includes clay, tools and glazing for three works for each student.

Crash courses are an excellent way to get started with the basics and choose your path from there! Get all the details by clicking on the links below.

Painting Crash Course – Gretchen Lopez

Ceramics Crash Course – Dennis Ott

Glazing Your Way to a Beautiful Painting Crash Course
– Cyndi Thau

Drawing Crash Course
– Vince Fazio


Shirley Eichten Albrecht, Gallery Director

New artists provide the spice in any gallery. Most recently artists John Foster (ceramics), Alicia Short (watercolor), Viki Norris (jewelry), Evelyn Gholson (mixed media), Chrisanne Finefrock (acrylics), and Elena Miras Garcia (photography) have done just that! This month, come celebrate the Fourth of July at the First Friday opening of “New Kids on the Block.” The show runs July 4–29, 2014.

Meet the artists at the First Friday Opening Reception on July 4 from 5 to 8 p.m.! We also have ongoing artist demonstrations in the gallery. Click here for a full schedule of demonstrations.

National Day of the Cowboy
This month we join with Sedona Main Street businesses to celebrate the 10th Annual National Day of the Cowboy on July 26. It is a perfect time to recognize what the cowboy means to the West, and more specifically to Sedona. There will be free activities going on throughout the day as well as the weekend. We will be offering a 10% Discount to patrons who purchase $100 or more (5% extra discount for members!) throughout the weekend, July 25–27. Some restrictions apply.

Joe Beeler
Photo by Robert Albrecht

We are very proud to be representing the work of Joe Beeler, founding member of the Cowboy Artists of America. We have sculptures, original pen-and-ink drawings and giclées as well as his books, Joe Beeler: Life of a Cowboy Artist and The Joe Beeler Sketchbook. Some of our artists will be demonstrating on Saturday and Sunday. The artists deonstrating on Saturday are Margo Mitchell (oils), Mary Lois Brown (oils), Linda Sherman (watercolor), Sue Horine (jewelry) who will be working on a beaded belt buckle. Ken and Lyn Mikell of “Harpy Trails” will be singing musical ballads 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Nancy Bihler (jewelry) and Julie Ronning Talbot (watercolor) will be demonstrating on Sunday. Click here for details.


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Poet's Corner

Red Earth Theatre continues the almost 8-year tradition of Poet's Corner, when Clint Frakes brings his unique style and point of view to the Sedona Art Center sculpture garden on July 4 at 4 p.m.

Following in the footsteps of those who have nurtured Poet's Corner, Clint has been the engine that drove the First Friday Poet's Corner readings for the last few years. Clint is a poet, writer, teacher, editor and naturalist who came to Sedona in 1992. Named one of the 50 Best New Poets of 2008, Clint also received the Josephine Darner Distinguished Poet Prize (2008) and many other accolades.

You can receive the gift of experiencing this beautiful land through the eyes of a poet by joining us on First Friday or by contacting him through

Sharon Manzke, Membership Coordinator

Members’ Summer Co-op Begins
The Members’ Summer Co-op opens July 3 through August 3. Join us on First Friday, July 4th, for the opening reception. Eleven members will be participating in the Co-op for the first time, so you will certainly see some new artworks. This will be an exciting exhibition, don’t miss it! 

NARM Update:
Our NARM membership category continues to grow and so does the list of organizations opening their doors to you. I just received the newsletter from NARM; this quarter they have added 25 new members. The list includes organizations in CA, CO, DC, IA, ME, MA, MI, NV, PA, TX, VT,VA, and Canada. There are now 696 organizations that belong to the North American Reciprocal Museum partnership. Planning some summer travel? Visit the NARM website ( to see the list of possibilities, choose your destination and take a virtual tour of the museum of your choice.

Visit the Heard Museum: Native People in the Southwest Tour
The Heard Museum’s signature exhibition and tour will be led by Heard Curator Janet Cantley. More than 2,000 of the museum’s finest pieces tell stories of past and present. This Exploration is made possible by the Verde Valley Archaeology Center. Cost is $105 per person open to NARM members of the Sedona Arts Center. The tour departs from the VVAC parking lot in Camp Verde at 8:30 a.m. sharp on July 23 and will return at 4:00 p.m. Lunch is not included; options will be available. Registration and payment can be made online at This tour is limited to 24 attendees. Join the fun! 

What would we do without you? The Spirit of Sedona, a three-day event that spanned the Memorial Day weekend, was made possible entirely by artists that volunteered their time and talent to demonstrate, instruct, inform and interact with attendees eager to learn. This event was free and open to the public, and offered something for everyone to see and do: drawing, painting, poetry writing and reading, sculpting, ceramics, cooking, and yes, SAC lunch was served. A good time was had by all because of our wonderful volunteers.

PhotoFest took place June 5 and 6 at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. Again, extra hands were needed to keep the crowd informed, sell tickets, register for workshops, provide directions and answer questions. The staff could not be at all points necessary to facilitate the event; extra help was provided by volunteers making the days run smoothly. 

Thank you so very much!

Welcome New Members: Ken and Tracy Young, Marilyn Painchaud, Natalie Keller, Maurice Hershberger, Lillian Claxton, Tanya Collins, Jan Bareuther, Liz Kenyon, Lisa Glinsky, Dorothy Ball and John Gafford, Clydean Troner, Robert Brunner, Mike Newton, John Hogensen, Glenn Tamblingson, Vince and Phyllis Picardi, Robert Allen, Bill and Celeste Peters, and Mary Lee Plunkett.

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